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Little Oliver Cory Who Reached for the Stars

As an experienced teacher, Lora knows the importance of developing students' self-esteem and creating a positive learning environment.


This poem is about a little boy who is much wiser than those who ridicule him. The poem also shows us that even though someone may bully us with words and completely misjudge us that we don't have to let it effect our feelings of self-worth. We can go on to achieve our goals despite their wrong opinion about us.

Little Oliver Cory

Little Oliver Cory was shorter than most,
he sure was skinny and poor-
I guess you could say he carried “no weight”
and his classmates all thought,
this would decide his fate.

When it came to other children calling on him,
it seldom did occur-
yet little Oliver with his idealistic faith,
this... it did not deter.

He kept right on pursuin’ his dreams.
It didn’t seem to matter much
if insults got real mean;
studying hard and persevering,
on this, he was keen-
enjoying his life and interests
with an energy seldom seen.

LIttle Oliver Cory never talked much,
didn’t indulge in gossip and such.
One day, he got hit in the eye
but Oliver was determined not to cry-
he just shook his head with a sigh.

That big boy stared at him real hard
and told him he was a fool…
“you’ll never be anything, you’ll see,
but Oliver answered,
“no one can take my dreams from me.”

One day, we all read about Oliver Cory
who won the Pulitzer Prize for his great story;
his talent and skill brought him real glory.
Oliver said his success had been hard-earned
but worth all the pain,
and that he hadn’t done it for the fame.

Yes, that little Oliver Cory
who never talked much
and hid his tears inside-
reached for the stars
and flew right to the sky.

-Lora Hollings


Love Yourself (Anti-Bullying Song)

When this dad discovered that his 6-year-old daughter was being bullied at school because of her weight, Khari Toure wrote the song, “Love Yourself,” (Anti-Bullying Song).

"I hope this song and video empowers children who have been abused, bullied, and belittled, to build up their confidence, embrace who they are, and love themselves unconditionally."

"Love Yourself" is an empowering anthem with lyrics like "I'm beautiful. I'm worthy. And those mean words can't hurt me." With over 1.3 million views on YouTube, it's clear that the song and music video are inspiring people all over the world."